Davis and Benn fired verbal shots at each other after Tank criticized the Brit’s win over Peter Dobson. Benn secured a unanimous decision win against a relatively unknown opponent, as Davis said he only needed three weeks to beat Benn. Tank has not fought since his victory over Ryan Garcia last April, and his next fight remains unclear. Hearn responded by making an offer in the region of $10-15 million for the Benn fight. That is well short of what Davis made for the Garcia fight, which is understandable since Benn is not a big name in the US. Now, Hearn has recognized he will have to offer more to make the fight.
“There’s been a reply from Gervonta. He’s never going to be happy. That can do huge pay-per-view numbers and gate numbers. He [Gervonta] should look to get involved in that show and that purse because it can deliver big numbers. We’re talking, and we’ll see where it gets to,” Hearn said
Benn has also had his say, urging Davis to sign the contract or refrain from saying his name.
“I know a serious offer’s been made, let’s see if he’s all talk. The talking’s done. Don’t pipe up and start running your mouth on Twitter and then not sign the contract. If I’m easy work then no problem, sign the contract. Do I think that fight gets made? Listen, I’ll agree to fight anyone. If $10 million, $11 million, $12 million, $13 million, $14 million, $15 million ain’t enough, then stay quiet, stay at your house with your little tag on your ankle,” Benn revealed
Hearn has other options if the Davis fight cannot be made, including Mario Barrios, Kell Brook and even Manny Pacquiao. Barrios is the WBC Interim Welterweight Champion, making it a logical fight, as a win would put Benn in a mandatory position for a world title. If Terence Crawford does vacate, Benn could then become a full champion. A fight against Brook is a huge domestic clash if the Brit does come out of retirement. While a fight with Pacquiao is unlikely, the Filipino wants to come out of retirement for another professional fight. Either way, Hearn wanted Benn in a big clash.
“Conor is very keen to lock in his next fight as soon as possible. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to get in the way of making fights, but I promise you this: Conor Benn will be in a massive fight next,” Hearn added